[Matisse's photograph of his assistant, Lydia Delectorskaya, circa 1935.]
At the moment, there's a charcoal-and-white mitered-stripe maxi dress hanging near the entrance to J. Crew, Lexox Square. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be shown online but the dress has a cut-in neckline (albeit sans flowing tie) that makes it just the thing to channel Lydia this summer.
|[Update 5.21.14: Here's the blue-and-white option in the catalog.]|
This one from English Country Antiques isn't pre-war, it's midcentury, but the paint splatters appeal to me.
Dick Blick has a more affordable option: this easily portable, bamboo, French sketchbox-style easel.
For more on Matisse's assistants and how they helped the artist execute his cut-outs, take a look at this BBC documentary.
And to see how William Pahlmann Associates once took inspiration from art supplies, check out Tools of the Trade.